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progress document on my model railway layout

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A year on....

A year on....

I haven't kept up with my blog, sorry, I haven't had much time. The whole layout had to move and is now suspended from the ceiling in the garage. A winch enables me to raise it out of the way. I have tried to make signals all electronically controlled and changing with the points. I've built many features which I hope to emphasize later on. check out the attached images for now

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A fruitful day

I went to visit the Aln Valley Railway yesterday knowing there is a model railway display. It was a very interesting and informative experience and i can only hope my layout will look half as good as this:   So this morning I wentto work with renewed vigour. I painted the road in the centre of the board, acrylic paint directly onto the plyboard, it actually gives it a nice texture.   The plaster that hadn't been has now been painted and the tunnel entrance, I had to use a double track vers

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Virago496

 

The controller

This entry is about the coolest thing on my layout so far, my Father in law and I are building the dual track controller ourselves. When I say we I mean he builds, solders and does the whole thing whilst I practice soldering wires to bus terminals and rails etc. The circuits circulates around the web but with the help of a fellow RMwebber who sends you a pdf with loads of extra info if you send him a nice email we managed to put it together. At the moment we are halfway, one side is done and wor

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A day of variation

Today I have fiddled with lots of different things. I found some DC to DC voltage reducers which would feed my LED lights nicely, so I decided to have a little play. I stuck two copper tracks down where three houses are going to be placed and soldered some LED's to those tracks.   The extra wires are for a yellow led that light up the hallway. The red and black wires go under the baseboard and power the lamp posts also with copper tracks.   And this is the magic little DC to Dc board :  

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the build, part 1

]This morning I finished glueing the last bits of track underlay in place bends are all pinned on place and all it needs is fitting, cutting and laying the straights made from flexi track. Some pins are needed to keep the underlay in shape as it wants to straighten out and the various sections don't always connect seamlessly but I'm hoping to cure that with ballast. For now lets see how it dries.   I've also been trying to get the points motorised this morning and found that the old points are

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The Idea.

When last going through my wardrobe I found the old box of railway bits and the Hornby R1046-SD Christmas special. I put the set together on the dining room table and ran the little steam engine, the Classes 37, 29 and a B12 round and found that they all needed cleaning and servicing. On to Youtube to help guide me through this process and pretty soon I was knee deep into model railways again. A visit to Amazon and e bay made me want some brilliant little things that were just too cheap to resi

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Welcome

Welcome to my layout update page. My name is Dirk Farquhar I live in the scottish borders and I have started building a Layout in Hornby OO gauge. I've kept bit and pieces of HO/OO gauge stuff for years (have loads of Fleischmann track, an old jouef controller and a "Duette"from H&M) and decided to make some room in the garage and have a bash. More to follow.....

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